The Beginning

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Hope couldn't wait to get to college. She was going to share a dorm room with her three best friends. Even better, her boyfriend, Darryl, would be living on the boys' floor downstairs. Fear Hall was going to be a blast!

But Hope didn't know tht Fear Hall was cursed. She didn't know how many students had died there. Or that she would be next....

Hope and her roommates live in Fear Hall, the creepy college dorm built many years ago ...

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Overview

Hope couldn't wait to get to college. She was going to share a dorm room with her three best friends. Even better, her boyfriend, Darryl, would be living on the boys' floor downstairs. Fear Hall was going to be a blast!

But Hope didn't know tht Fear Hall was cursed. She didn't know how many students had died there. Or that she would be next....

Hope and her roommates live in Fear Hall, the creepy college dorm built many years ago by the cursed Fear family. Everything is going great until one of them becomes a murderer.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671008741
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 7/1/1997
  • Series: Fear Street Series
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 731,894
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

R. L. Stine

R.L. Stine, author of the multimillion-selling Goosebumps and Fear Street series, lives in New York City with his wife, Jane, an editor and publisher, and their dog, Minnie. Visit RLStine.com.

Biography

Goosebumps cast a spell upon children by transforming even the most reluctant students into avid readers. Despite the fact that almost every book has a different collection of characters, the series has one common element that kids can't get enough of: the author!

However believable his plots seem to his readers, Stine insists he has never lived one of his stories. "I've never turned into a bee -- I've never been chased by a mummy or met a ghost. But many of the ideas in my books are suggested by real life. For example, one Halloween my son, Matt, put a mask on and then had trouble pulling it off. That gave me the idea for The Haunted Mask."

Although he never experienced terror first hand, he did enjoy reading about it. "When I was a kid, there were these great comic books called Tales From The Crypt and The Vault of Horror. They were gruesome. I discovered them in the barbershop and thought they were fabulous. I used to get a haircut every Saturday so I wouldn't miss any of these comic books. I had no hair at all when I was a kid!"

His ideas came from two sources: his memory and his imagination. "When I write, I try to think back to what I was afraid of or what was scary to me, and try to put those feelings into books." He also keeps a tribal mask and a skeleton hanging in his writing studio to provide eerie surroundings. Although he handles the writing by himself, Stine says he gets "lots of help from my editors, my readers, and my friends."

Kids reading Goosebumps may be looking for a scare, but the laughs they get are no accident. Before he was R. L., he was Jovial Bob, author of such works as 101 Silly Monster Jokes, and Bozos on Patrol and editor of Bananas magazine. His ability to know what kids will laugh at , as well as what will frighten them, makes the Goosebumps series all the more enjoyable for his readers.

Stine started writing when he was 9 years old! He would write stories and jokes on an old typewriter and hand them out at school. "The teacher would grab them and take them away," Stine says, "but I kept doing it." He wrote for his high school newspaper in Columbus Ohio. After graduating from Ohio State University, he moved to New York City, where he worked on a variety of writing jobs.

Although his books are fun and exciting, writing them is serious stuff. He treats writing "...like a job." To unwind after work he enjoys playing the pinball machine conveniently located in his own apartment.

For aspiring authors, Stine feels reading is as important as writing. He offers this advice: "If you want to be a writer, don't worry so much about writing. Read as much as you can. Read as many different writers as you can. Soak up the styles. You can learn all kinds of ways to say things." As a boy he read Norse legends, Greek myths, Edgar Allan Poe and baseball stories. "And Mad Magazine changed my life." Author biography courtesy of Scholastic, Inc.

Good To Know

In our interview with Stine, he shared some fun and fascinating facts with us:

"My first job in New York was making up fake interviews with movie and TV stars for a group of six movie magazines. I never spoke to the stars I wrote about. I wrote three-to-four "interviews" a day, all out of my imagination."

"'I've written over 300 books but I never learned to type. I use only one finger, the pointer on my left hand -- that's all. Three hundred books on one finger! The finger is very ugly now -- completely bent and curled and callused. When I show it to audiences, they can't believe it! This is my sacrifice for my art!"

"Sometimes kids show up at my country house and ask if my son Matt can come out and play. That's because they saw him mentioned in the back of my books. But they're very disappointed when he comes to the door -- because Matt is in his mid-twenties now! They were reading very old books! Matt is a musician, composer, and sound designer. You can hear his music at my web site, www.rlstine.com."

"I hope my readers get a chance to see my 4-D movie, R. L. Stine's Haunted Lighthouse. The movie stars Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Lea Thompson, Weird Al, and others. You can find it playing at four parks: SeaWorld San Antonio, SeaWorld San Diego, Busch Gardens Tampa, and Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Virginia. Watch out -- you might get very wet!"

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    1. Also Known As:
      Robert Lawrence Stine; Jovial Bob Stine
    2. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 8, 1943
    2. Place of Birth:
      Columbus, Ohio
    1. Education:
      B.A., Ohio State University, 1965
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2003

    excellent book

    this book is about a girl name Hope and her Roomates that are living in Fear hall in which the Fear family has built and is believed to be w cursed and the source of bad accidents happening there.Then bizarre murders are popping up over the campus and that Hope might know who the killer is. Excellent book

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2005

    Awesome R.L. Stine book!

    I really like a lot of R.L. stine books, but this one seemed especially good. I loved the endding, it was so surprising. I had to actually re-read one of the parts because i was very shocked. Hehe. Yeah, it has a few boring parts but overall it was really awesome. I thought the twist in the end was one of the best things about it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2004

    great

    This is the best book ever!!!! I'M LOVING IT

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2001

    Oh My gosh...freaky

    Wow....Fear Hall the begining and the conclusion were the best ever.....the plot was genius,and you never guess the secret of the book! I had my friend explain it to me,but once I knew it,it was fantastic!Read it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2004

    OKay

    I loved this book good beginning and great middle. However I did not like the ending so much but overall it was good.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2004

    The Bomb

    The book Fear Hall The Beginning is the best book. The books that i always read are from R.L. Stine those books get my attention, the other books that are not from R.L. Stine i dont read them

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2001

    Read it now!

    This is one of the best books R.L. Stine has written. It has a really great plot.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2000

    A Real Scare!

    This book was very well-written! You knew who the killer was, but didn't know what he would do next, and that was a mystery! I got very into the book, when someone got killed, I felt sad for them! Definetly read it. it is a two part book, but I am not able to reach the conclusion!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    OMG!!!!!!

    U got 2 luv this novel!!! Give me a G-R-E-A-T!!!!! :-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2013

    G

    This book is awesome :-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2012

    Awesome!

    This book was so great! I kind of predicted the ending...but whatever! It was still great! I'd reccomend it to pretty much anyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2011

    Wwwwwwoah

    I love Stine!! I have read a good majority of the fear street series and their endings always please! But.... i cannot find Fear hall: the conclusion. It is a bit of an issue right now considering i want to know what ends up happening! But i do suggest reading this book!

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  • Posted August 24, 2011

    It was kool

    I was really confused mbut it was still good.Hopes insane

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2011

    Great!

    Hope is really insane!

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